According to the Bank of England, the new-look polymer note featuring Jane Austen will be in circulation as from 14th of September 2017. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England first revealed the Jane Austen banknote concept in 2013, when he posed with its picture during a press conference.
Jane Austen, the famous author of Pride & Prejudice, was unveiled during an event at the Winchester Cathedral on the 18th of July this year. This event was held on the day that marked her 200th death anniversary. She passed away in the year 1817 in the same city of Winchester.
It was also the first time that the public got a peek of this new banknote. It is expected to have a longevity that is twice longer than the current paper note of the same denomination.
A portrait of the Author, adapted from a sketch drawn by her sister can be found on the new £10 polymer note. As for the central design of this note, it has a background consisting of a twelve-sided table along with the writing quills that were once used at the Chawton Cottage by Jane Austen.
As per the Governor of the Bank of England, Jane Austen is one of the greatest writers recognised in English literature. And she merits to be part of the influential figures to appear on a bank note. She will join other popular individuals such as Boulton and Watt, and Adam Smith to celebrate the wide range of personalities who have contributed in numerous fields.
Production of the new £10 plastic note has already started since last August. Apart from the Queen, Austen will be the only woman to feature on a bank note in England when it is released this month!